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Jobs and volunteer opportunities

Before applying for jobs, please refer to information for applicants.
All posts are for employment with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) located at their central offices based at Friends House in Euston, London unless described otherwise.
 

Job opportunities at Friends House, Euston

  • Turning the Tide Communications Developer - closing: Thursday 23 April 2015
  • 1-year Peaceworker in Britain - closing: 9 am, Monday 27 April 2015

Opportunities at Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva

  • Programme Assistant, Human Rights and Refugees - closing: Monday 30 March 2015
  • Programme Assistant, Food & Sustainability and Climate Change - closing: Monday 30 March 2015

Volunteer opportunities in Israel and Palestine;

  • Ecumenical Accompaniers - closing: Friday 24 April 2015

Volunteer opportunities at Friends House, Euston:

  • Quaker Centre Volunteer

Volunteer opportunities at Swarthmoor Hall, Cumbria;

  • Swarthmoor Hall Volunteers

Please scroll below for more information. If you wish to apply for more than one vacancy please send a separate application form for each.

 


Turning the Tide Communications Developer
Quaker Peace and Social Witness

 

Salary - £30,797 per annum pro rata
Contract - 9 months fixed term
Hours - full time 35 hours
Location - Friends House, Euston, London NW1

Join a small and dynamic team that is passionate about the power of nonviolence to make big changes. We work with campaigners and activists, people who are actively working for change in the world.

Turning the Tide is the nonviolence training and education programme of Quaker Peace & Social Witness and we’re seeking a talented, enthusiastic communicator to help us excite, inform and involve more people in our work.

Our major vehicle is the website www.turning-the-tide.org which is in need of renewal, as are printed versions of our trainers’ handbook, publicity leaflets and journal. Understanding of nonviolence and experiential training will be an advantage.
• Can you demonstrate your sympathy with the values of Quakers?
• Do you have experience in communicating simply and clearly with a diverse audience including activists, trainers, NGOs and the general public?
• Do you have knowledge and understanding of grassroots social change activism?
• Are you a teamworker, self-organised and able to work alone?

This job requires flexibility and ability to prioritise and manage diverse tasks. We are willing to discuss a flexible full or part time working arrangement for the successful candidate.

CLOSING DATE – Thursday 23rd April 2015
INTERVIEWS – Tuesday 5th May 2015

Information to apply

 


1-year Peaceworker in Britain
Quaker Peace and Social Witness

 

Salary - £20,520 per annum
Contract - Fixed Term, September 2015 to August 2016
Hours - 35 hours per week
Location - placed in organisations within Britain

We are seeking to appoint enthusiastic people in sympathy with the values of Quakers who wish to develop their strong commitment to peace and conflict transformation through placement with a national organisation in Britain. The aim is to match the interests and skills of the worker with the receiving organisation, which recently has included War Resisters International, Forces Watch, Campaign Against Arms Trade and Oxford Research Group. The work will be varied and include involvement in a specific project. Applicants should be able to demonstrate their passion and commitment to peace and justice work, adaptability, ability to work on their own initiative and as part of a team. Transferable skills, such as administration and IT, will be an advantage.

This year we are particularly interested in placing with organisations working on
• Grassroots/ community training and capacity building for action.
• Militarism, attitudes to war, World War 1 commemoration, conscientious objection.
• Connecting economic and environmental justice with issues of peace.
However, we are always open to bold, confident and radical new projects.

This placement includes a pre-preparation period of 2-weeks which will be paid. We regret that we are unable to accept applications from candidates without the right to work in the UK.

Closing date - 9 am, Monday 27 April 2015
Interviews - Thursday 21 & Friday 22 May 2015

Information to apply

 


Programme Assistant, Human Rights and Refugees
Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva

 

Renumeration - 1460 Swiss Francs per month + accommodation
Contract - Fixed Term Contract, Sept 2015 to Aug 2016
Hours - Full time, 40 hours per week
Location - QUNO, Geneva

An opportunity for a person in sympathy with Quaker approaches and with an interest in international affairs and in international organizations. You would experience a range of international work, while working primarily as an assistant to QUNO’s Representative for Human Rights and Refugees in her work, which focusses on children of incarcerated parents (including children of parents sentenced to death), conscientious objection to military service and refugee protection.

Closing date - Monday 30 March 2015

Information to apply

For more information click here to download the job description and application form.

 


Programme Assistant, Food & Sustainability and Climate Change
Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva

 

Renumeration - 1460 Swiss Francs per month + accommodation
Contract - Fixed Term Contrac, Sept 2015 to Aug 2016
Hours - Full time, 40 hours per week
Location - QUNO, Geneva

An opportunity for a person in sympathy with Quaker approaches and with an interest in international affairs and in international organizations. You would experience a range of international work, while working primarily as an assistant to QUNO’s Representative for Food & Sustainability in her work relating to agricultural trade, intellectual property of plants and innovation by small-scale farmers. The work also includes a support role to QUNO’s Bonn-based Representative for Climate Change, maintaining strong linkages between QUNO’s work in Geneva and in Bonn, contributing to programme outreach and acting as a Geneva-based presence in meetings.

Closing date - Monday 30 March 2015

Information to apply

For more information click here to download the job description and application form.

 


Ecumenical Accompanier (EA)
Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine & Israel (EAPPI)

 

Location - West Bank and/or Israel
Remuneration - Expenses and living allowance are covered
Duration - Before travel to the field: 2 weeks’ residential assessment and training in the UK and substantial time commitment for reading and preparation for advocacy.
In the field: 3 months (18 EAs) or 4.5 months (2 EAs)
After return: 2/3 weeks’ rest, 5 residential days for advocacy preparation with an element of debriefing and evaluation, plus availability for a minimum of 10 public speaking engagements.

Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine & Israel (EAPPI) provides protection by presence, monitors human rights abuses, supports Israeli and Palestinian peace activists and advocates for an end to the occupation. Please note that we recruit EAs for the Britain and Ireland part of EAPPI only. One of the essential requirements of our posts is that candidates must be able to demonstrate their "involvement with church/ecumenical and/or peace networks in the UK or Eire".

Closing date - Friday 24 April 2015

Information to apply

Please visit our apply to be an EA page for full details.

 


Quaker Centre Volunteer
Quaker Life

 

Voluntary, travel expenses paid

What kind of role involves listening and responding to Quakers and other visitors from around the country and abroad, some seeking work or a home or a place to share their burdens? What role might also include eldering a meeting, arranging flowers, clearing tables, taking deliveries, shelving, sorting, replenishing leaflet displays, counting, packing, stock control, making up book orders, pricing, or mailing out large numbers of Quaker periodicals and newsletters to Friends? Where, sometimes, might you be expected simply to sit and wait?
Being a Quaker centre volunteer at Friends House involves all this.

Information to apply

 


House Tour Guides
Swarthmoor Hall, Cumbria

 

Voluntary, travel expenses paid

Swarthmoor Hall is a historic house known as the ‘cradle of Quakerism’. The house is open to the public four afternoons a week throughout the year and for group tours at other times by appointment. We are looking for Friends who live within travelling distance of the Hall who are interested in acting as a tour guide. We do not necessarily need a regular commitment of hours. We do hope to develop a pool of volunteers who we will train as tour guides for our visitors both adults and children.

Information to apply